After a solid year of “will they / won’t they” speculation and an endless flurry of rumors, Chevrolet made an official announcement on January 5, 2022, regarding the 2024 Silverado EV, and the news is very exciting. The EV is a go! The second decade of the new millennium has been an exciting time for the automotive industry. EVs–the official title for Electric Vehicles–have taken off in a big way. The redesigned Chevy Bolt and new-for-2022 Bolt EUV were proof that the manufacturer had truly committed to releasing 30 electric-only vehicles by 2025. The announcement regarding the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV is the next official milestone in accomplishing this goal.
Of course, there are plenty of questions about an electric-powered Chevy Silverado. Will it have the power to tow? How long will it take to charge? Will it actually be cool? Many drivers have voiced concern that an electric pickup truck would have to sacrifice either performance or practicality. And yet Chevy’s newly revealed EV demonstrates it has plenty of both. So how did they do it? And do they really manage to keep the Silverado EV true to its gas/diesel roots? Let’s get into the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV and answer each of these questions and more.
For some people, the concept of a battery-powered vehicle will forever conjure up images of golf carts and the early 2000’s Smart Cars. Somehow, we simultaneously acknowledge that technology has advanced while refusing to believe that “batteries” can be more powerful than that little one in the television remote control. Trucks need to do big jobs, and surely there’s not a battery big enough to tow a trailer. Right?
In the early 2000s there wasn’t, but over 20 years have passed since, EV batteries have become very capable, whether we’re prepared to admit it or not. Thanks to the newly developed Ultium Platform, General Motors has unlocked a new potential for EVs. Nichole Kraatz, Silverado EV chief engineer, commented in the official press release, “the Ultium Platform enabled our design and engineering teams to start from a clean slate and create a pickup with impressive performance and capability. The result is a truly impressive testament to the creativity and innovation our team can bring to market with speed and at scale.”
With an available 24-module Ultium battery pack at the center of its bold design, the 2024 Silverado EV boasts up to 664 horsepower and 780 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the new Silverado EV will be able to tackle such feats as towing 10,000 pounds and accelerating from 0-60 miles per hour in less than 4.5 seconds. Furthermore, GM estimates the range to be 400 miles on a full charge. Given these numbers, it’s fair to say that yes, the Chevy Silverado EV will have the power and capability of other pickup trucks… and then some.
Given the amount of power the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV can produce, you might assume that it takes a significant amount of time to recharge the Ultium battery pack. One of the most exciting things about this model is its DC Fast Charging capabilities. At a DC Fast Charge station, you can get up to 100 miles in just 10 minutes, so you will be back on the road in no time. Don't fret when it comes to long trips because this model can handle the miles.
Additionally, the Silverado EV will be able to provide other items with a charge. The PowerBase charging system includes up to 10 outlets with 10.2kW of power to tools, tents, toys, and even other EVs. Imagine the possibilities of having a truck that also behaves as a generator at the worksite, campsite, and anywhere you can imagine.
The Ultium Charge 360 and Ultium Charge 360 Fleet Service programs will provide drivers and business owners with a simplified charging plan, with detailed charging point information and helpful solutions. Alongside these helpful tools, Chevrolet has noted that a variety of charging accessories will be available with the Silverado EV, with the 400-mile range WT expected to debut in spring 2023. It is anticipated that Chevrolet will provide more detail about the Silverado EV’s accessories and power requirements as we near production, with the full expectation that 350kW fast charging will definitely be included.
In the meantime, Chevy has announced that the Silverado EV’s body architecture has been carefully engineered to help the vehicle reach such an impressive range. The front end design actually helps channel air to reduce drag, creating possibly the lowest drag coefficient in the full-size pickup truck segment. Not only does the Silverado EV pack its own energy, it does its best to conserve it, as well.
The public opinion on EVs is rapidly changing, and the Silverado EV is proof that you can do some pretty cool things with a vehicle powered by batteries. EVs are no longer being held down by the notion that they are cheap and ineffective, but does the Silverado EV's aesthetics stand out in a good way? Offered exclusively as a Crew Cab with a 5 foot 11-inch bed, two Silverado EVs will lead the pack: the fleet-driven WT, which is expected in spring of 2023, and the more family-friendly RST, which will debut in the fall.
The WT may be focused on getting the job done, but it still has time for fun. While the initial launch version will be tuned with 510 horsepower, 615 lb-ft of torque, and tow up to 8,000 pounds, the following fleet version of the Silverado EV will offer an optional Max Trailering Package to help drivers tackle loads up to 20,000 pounds.
The RST First Edition will offer some beloved standards in the pickup world, including four-wheel steering, Automatic Adaptive Air Suspension to smooth out the ride. The First Edition is going to offer 10,000 pounds of trailering and 1,300 pounds of payload capacity. While the WT is geared more towards fleet owners, the RST is filled with creature comforts that will appeal to a wide array of drivers.
Technology is clearly front and center with the RST. To start, there will be a 17-inch diagonal LCD freeform infotainment screen with 3D graphics. The 11-inch diagonal driver instrument display will be parked nearby, giving drivers a clear view of everything they need to know. Not only will Super Cruise hands-free driving be available on the Silverado EV RST, but it will be offered when trailering, as well. Speaking of trailering, this fully functional pickup truck will also include Chevy’s Advanced Trailering System.
Inside, drivers will find a modular console that can store over 7 gallons of stuff. Whether you pack your small and valuable work equipment in that console or keep your cooler in there while you hike is completely up to you. The RST also features a fixed-glass roof, which not only increases headroom but definitely increases the cool factor.
The Multi-Flex Midgate is another innovative available feature on the RST trim. Opening the cab to the bed, the Midgate allows for a rear seat passenger in the 60/40 folding rear seat while providing up to nine feet in length of storage space. And what happens to the front, where the engine used to be? This space will be known as the eTrunk on 2024 Silverado EVs, providing a space that is both waterproof and lockable for drivers to store a myriad of essential equipment.